FWD’s Criminal Intelligence Database scored a spectacular victory earlier this month after a report of suspicious activity on a member’s premises led to the arrest of a wanted drug dealer.
Observant staff at Bestway in Liverpool spotted a vehicle acting suspiciously in their car park and challenged the occupants, who then drove off. The depot manager sent a description of the vehicle and occupants to FWD’s Criminal Intelligence Database, which records all incidents of crime against wholesalers and their customers. FWD shared this with the National Business Crime Solution (NBCS) which alerted local and motorway police.
Five days later the vehicle was picked up by ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) on the M6. After a long pursuit, the vehicle crashed and one of the occupants was apprehended by the police. The car contained two suitcases full of drugs, valued at £35,000.
FWD’s director of communications David Visick said: “The police were delighted with the tip-off from Bestway and the prompt escalation of the intelligence by FWD and NBCS. We have received a note from Central Motorway Policing Group saying ‘Great job!’ and we’d like to pass this on to all involved.
“Crime on wholesalers’ premises is fortunately quite rare, and the number of incidents has been declining in recent years, thanks in part to the vigilance of depot staff like the team at Bestway Liverpool.
“Exchanging intelligence on theft and suspicious activity between members and with the police has dissuaded criminal gangs from targeting wholesalers, but we are never complacent and that’s why we ask all our members to keep reporting such incidents to email@example.com.”